JURA & SAVOIE

LANGUEDOC-ROUSILLON & CAHORS

PROVENCE & CORSICA

RHONE VALLEY

LALÙ

Lara Rocchetti & Luisa Sala

Lara Rocchetti & Luisa Sala – Lalù! – come from Turin and met in 2010 while studying at Pollentia’s Gastronomic Science University. After graduation, Lara headed to Argentina, while Luisa went to the Cape wine lands. Neither’s family had any prior viticultural experience, but Luisa & Lara found themselves drawn to both the vine & to making wine.

A chance encounter with Trediberri’s Nicola Oberto led to a stint working at the cellar’s La Morra vineyards on their return from abroad. After La Morra, the girls worked for two other wineries in Italy and eventually ended up in Burgundy. In 2017 & 2018, they operated first at Domaine Lafon in Meursault (vinifying the 2017 Montrachet!), before heading to Morey St.Denis to assist Cecile Tremblay!
It’s a well-known story, how in 1997 Christophe Baron, founder and vigneron of Cayuse Vineyards, planted his first vines in a field of stones because it reminded him of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, in France. In the process, he almost single-handedly brought the world’s attention to the potential of Syrah grown in the Walla Walla Valley. Christophe’s latest project, Horsepower, gets its name from the draft horses that work its vines. Horsepower Vineyards is about tradition and history—and making history. It’s a connection between a vigneron and his roots. An homage to craft and family. It is the first estate in America to be farmed this way exclusively. Lara Rocchetti & Luisa Sala – Lalù! – come from Turin and met in 2010 while studying at Pollentia’s Gastronomic Science University. After graduation, Lara headed to Argentina, while Luisa went to the Cape wine lands. Neither’s family had any prior viticultural experience, but Luisa & Lara found themselves drawn to both the vine & to making wine.

On their return from abroad, a chance encounter with Trediberri’s Nicola Oberto led to a stint working at the cellar’s La Morra vineyards. After La Morra, the girls worked for 2 other wineries in Italy and eventually ended up in Burgundy. In 2017 & 2018, they worked first at Domaine Lafon in Meursault (vinifying the 2017 Montrachet!), before heading to Morey St.Denis to assist Cecile Tremblay!
Barolo's soil can be broken down into two types: Helvetian and Tortonian.  

Tortonian soils are located mostly west of the steep slopes of the amphitheatre of hills between Barolo and La Morra. Tortonian soil has a bluish tint, is rich in magnesium and manganese, and is composed of 30% sand, 55% clay and 15% limestone.  

Tortonian soils produce a more fragrant, elegant and early maturing Barolo requiring less ageing. 

On the other hand, Helvetian soils dominate in the east on the rising hills of Monforte and Castiglione Falletto and across the valley at Serralunga. It is made up of many different sandstone types and produces more robust wines with more colour, body, and tannins, requiring at least 12-15 years of age to be at their best.

Lara and Luisa created their own domain Agr. Lalù in 2019. They vinify 3.5ha of vines from Monforte d'Alba & La Morra's communes on the two different types of soils. Their plots include 0.3ha Monforte Le Coste, 0.5ha La Morra's Roncaglie, & 1.5ha Monforte's Bussia Brovi (opposite Bussia Corsini). 
They have invested in their future, equipping the cellar with cement tanks, a 25HL wooden vat, peristaltic pumps, a new destemmer, balloon press & a 15HL botte grande. It is in this Serralunga cellar that they will be vinifying their first harvest of Barbera d’Alba from Monforte’s Bussia, Langhe Nebbiolo from La Morra’s Roncaglie vineyard, plus the cherry on the cake: Nebbiolo da Barolo from the Monforte vineyard of Le Coste! Total production will be tiny at 8k bottles/year.

They are now on the lookout for another vineyard, so dite-crociate!
They have invested in their future, equipping the cellar with cement tanks, a 25HL wooden vat, peristaltic pumps, a new de-stemmer, balloon press & a 15HL bottle grande. In this Serralunga cellar, they will be vinifying their first harvest of Barbera d’Alba from Monforte’s Bussia, Langhe Nebbiolo from La Morra’s Roncaglie vineyard, plus the cherry on the cake: Nebbiolo da Barolo from the Monforte vineyard of Le Coste! Total production will be tiny at 8k bottles/year.

They are now on the lookout for another vineyard, so dite-crociate!

REGION OF PRODUCTION

Piedmont - Italy


APPELLATION

Barolo, Langhe Nebbiolo, Barbera d'Alba


FOUNDED

2019

VINEYARD

3.5 hectares


CLIMATE

Mediterranean climate


SOIL COMPOSITION

Tortonian soil (clay, sand, limestone)


VARIETIES GROWN

Barbera, Nebbiolo


AGRICULTURE



WINES OF THE DOMAIN

LALU Langhe Nebbiolo 2019
$68.00
LALU Barbera D'Alba 2019
$61.00

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